Cake Mix Snickerdoodles

Create your favorite cookie in a pinch using a cake mix! Chewy cake mix Snickerdoodles are quick, easy & delicious.

Keep the cake mix fun going with Funfetti CookiesGooey Butter Cookies, and Cake Mix Cookie Bars. They are just as tasty as these cake mix Snickerdoodles!!

cake mix snickerdoodles stacked on a white plate

A Shortcut on a fav

Our family loves snickerdoodles! That cinnamon and sugar coating and chewy center is perfection with a glass of cold milk. It leaves you with a nice glass of sweet milk afterwards too.

When we want that tasty cookie, but in a pinch we just whip out a yellow cake mix and you’re good to go! By just using 2 eggs and oil you achieve a more cookie texture. The snickerdoodle part comes in that signature sugar topping.

If you want to add in a bit of that tang, mix in a tsp of cream of tartar. Either way these cookies are quick, simple, and super tasty! They are perfect for gifting, or mixing up when you’re in a pinch.

cake mix, oil, eggs, and cinnamon and sugar mixture on a wooden cutting board

Snickerdoodles with a cake mix!

PREP. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and mix. Set aside. Preheat oven to 375.

MIX + SCOOP. Combine cake mix, eggs and oil in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until all combined. Use medium cookie scoop and scoop onto greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mix. Using the bottom of a cup, flatten the cookies a bit.

BAKE. Bake at 375 for 7-9 minutes. Let Cool & ENJOY!

Balls of cookie dough topped with cinnamon and sugar

Recipe Tips

Other flavors: This recipe works for other flavors of cake mix. I think a basic white cake, spice cake, carrot cake, and pumpkin cake mix would all be delicious coated in cinnamon sugar mixture.

Cream of Tartar: The tangy signature ingredient of a snickerdoodle is cream of tartar. There is a debate that without this ingredient, it’s not really a snickerdoodle. If you are a firm Cream of Tartar fan, then you can easily add ¼ tsp into the recipe.

Tips:

  • Do not over cook the cookies. Take them out and allow them to finish baking while they cool on the baking pan.
  • Chilling the dough before rolling them into balls can help them keep a puffy shape and soft center. 
  • The dough is fairly sticky. I recommend chilling the dough to make it easier to roll and to use cookie scoop.
Baked cake mix snickerdoodles on a cookie sheet

Storing Info

STORE cooled cookies in an airtight container. To help keep them fresh longer, place a piece of white bread into the container. Cookies should last for several days. You can also freeze them for 4-6 months. Be sure to separate the cookies with wax paper or individually wrap them with plastic wrap. 

To FREEZE, place dough balls on a cookie sheet to flash freeze them. Freeze for about 2 hours or until solid, then place the balls in an airtight freezer safe container. Safely freeze for 4-6 months. To Bake: remove the desired number of dough balls. Allow to thaw on a cookie sheet and bake according to recipe

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Cake Mix Snickerdoodles Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Create your favorite cookie in a pinch using a cake mix! Chewy cake mix Snickerdoodles are quick, easy & delicious.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 111 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 box Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

Instructions
 

  • Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and mix. Set aside.
  • Combine cake mix, eggs and oil in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until all combined. Use medium cookie scoop and scoop onto greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mix. Using the bottom of a cup, flatten the cookies a bit.
  • Bake at 375 for 7-9 minutes. Let Cool & ENJOY!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. Could you please post a new link for the neighbor tag? The current one links to a friends tag.

    Thanks so much!!

  2. Hi…would you make a label to match saying thankful for sweet family like you? Would love to make it for my family members Thanks, Barb

  3. I love the banana bread gift idea with your cute labels. I want to try but I can’t seem to find a nice clear bag to gift them in. Can you tell me where you got yours?

    1. I can’t remember exactly where, but any grocery store should have gallon baggies that should fit them 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you for this post. I love this idea. I love that you included several different ways to do it. This will be something I use this year. My mom had a spinal stroke a couple of months ago and our neighbors have been so helpful and kind so this is the perfect gift for them. Happy Holidays and Thanks again.

  5. Hi! I’m wanting to print this for some teachers for their birthday. Do you by chance have one that says Happy Birthday instead of Merry Christmas?

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